Itanagar: The BJP in Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday said that resignation of many senior leaders will not affect the party’s poll prospect in the April 11 simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State.
Many senior leaders including, two sitting ministers and 12 MLAs deserted the party after being denied party tickets to contest the Assembly elections in the State. “BJP is a big party and resignation of senior leaders will not affect the party in the elections. Leaders will go and come but party will always remain,” party’s executive vice-president Tame Phassang told reporters here.
He said, the State leadership has nothing to do in allocating tickets but it was collective decision of the central election committee keeping in view the winability of the candidates.
Responding to media queries on social media posts regarding allocation of party tickets to newcomers who were even not members of the party, at the recommendations of the RSS, Phassang while denying the fact said that RSS was not involved in the ticket allotment process in any way.
Phassang was appointed as the executive vice president and chairman of election management committee of the party in the state by the central leaders on Friday as party state unit president Tapir Gao, who is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Arunachal East seat is busy in campaigning. Phassang said that the party had entrusted him with the responsibilities to work hard to fulfil the party’s mission of 60 plus two targets in the State which, he would shoulder with dedication.
Phassang, who was in the race for party ticket from prestigious Itanagar constituency, added that his main motto was to work for the interest of the party.
On possibilities of post-poll alliance he quipped, “We are going to win in all the 60 assembly seats along with the two Lok Sabha seats. However, time will decide on any alliance with like-minded parties post May 23.”
On election issues, Phassang disclosed that the main poll issue of the party will be to highlight the development initiatives undertaken by the Modi and Khandu governments in the State.
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